The Vishrambaug police on Tuesday arrested one Sushma Kothari for allegedly working in a hospital without registering with the medical council. A complaint in this regard had been filed by Govind Narayan Kamat, a member of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) alleging that she is an unregistered doctor, following which PMC’s health department’s divisional officer Dr Amruta Ashok Ingale (52) lodged a complaint with the police.
In fact, Dr Narendra Dabholkar had written a letter to the collector and PMC authorities in this regard in July 2013 after Kamat approached him for help.
Soon after Kothari was booked in June 2013, she approached the district and sessions court for anticipatory bail. Her application was rejected on Tuesday and Kothari was arrested by Vishrambaug police on Tuesday under the relevant section of Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act pertaining to prohibition of medical practice by persons not registered under Maharashtra Medical Council and also for cheating under the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Rajendra Sawant, inspector (crime) attached to Vishrambaug police station, who is investigating the case, said, “We arrested Kothari as soon her bail application was rejected. The complainant claims that Kothari is not a doctor and she is Std XII pass and runs a beauty parlour. She has some distance correspondence degree from Sri Lanka.”
Shukurwar Peth resident Govind Narayan Kamat (43), a resident of Nidgi and former patient of Kothari had registered the complaint with the PMC authorities.
A diabetic patient, he recalled, “In August 2010, I had read an advertisement in local newspapers about a clinic at Nimbalkar Talim Chowk giving treatment for chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. The advertisements claimed the treatment involved technique of acupuncture by taking out acugraph and the disease will be cured permanently. Accordingly I visited the clinic on August 19, 2010 and for 8 months I underwent the treatment and spent Rs50,000. But still I was not cured. On one occasion I had complained to Sushma that my eyes are itching due to exposure to light on which she replied me that its a sign of improvement.”
He added, “Sushma had asked me to check my blood sugar and found that fasting and postprandial levels were 343 and 591 mg. At this, I became angry and met a senior doctor. He claimed that this treatment will be continued for life. I came to know that I was conned and approached Dr Dabholkar who took up this issue promptly with the police. For the last seven months we were after the collector and police to lodge a complaint against them but in vain.”